A lovely native groundcover for the shade; perfect for a woodland setting. Produces 2-4”, soft green heart-shaped leaves. In spring, curious, cup-shaped, mauve-purple flowers appear under the foliage. Rhizomes, leaves, and stems have ginger-like aroma. Leaves stay in good condition all season, so ideal to pair with spring-flowering plants that go dormant (Dutchman’s Breeches). Excellent companion plant to ferns and columbine. The second picture shown is wild ginger displaying some very interesting and attractive fall color.
Full-part shade. Height 6-12”. Spread 1-1.5’. Toxic if eaten. Zones 3-8.